It was 55 years ago today (December 16th, 1965), that Peter & Gordon recorded Paul McCartney's song "Woman." Peter Asher and Gordon Waller had been the recipients of several songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney over the previous years, including the 1964 Number One hit, "World Without Love." McCartney was not only dating Peter's sister, actress Jane Asher, at the time, but was actually living in the attic room of the Asher family home.
For McCartney's fourth and final single for the duo, he decided to turn the song into an experiment, and published the song under the pseudonym "Bernard Webb," with neither his nor Lennon's name appearing on the record label. Despite his efforts, word trickled out pretty quickly that McCartney had in fact written the song. What fans didn't know, was that McCartney also drummed on the track, as well.
Beatlefan magazine executive editor Al Sussman recalls why McCartney kept his name off the release: ["Because he wanted to see if he could actually have a hit, but not under his name. For one thing at that point, Peter & Gordon were an established act. They had had a number of hits, plus the fact that, again, word trickled out pretty quickly that Paul had written the song.] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . written the song)